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Science and Technology Section (STS): Past Annual & Midwinter Conferences

ACRL Science & Technology Section programming and materials from past conferences.

2020-2021 EDI task force presentations

Celebrating and Showing Support for Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander Colleagues in Librarianship and in Our Communities

August 26, 2021, 1:00pm-2:30pm (ET)

Link to the recording: and password for access: G&r5PvYh

Description: Learn about contributions of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander librarians and contributions of the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) and Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) to librarianship. The panel will include discussion of how (science) librarians can show their support for AAPI colleagues and community members, from outreach ideas to fighting anti-Asian racism and xenophobia.

Panelists: Janet Clarke (Co-Editor, Asian American Librarians and Library Services: Activism, Collaborations, and Strategies; former Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) president; Associate Dean of Research & User Engagement, Stony Brook University Libraries); Wenli Gao (President, Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA); Data Services Librarian, University of Houston Libraries); Jenay Solomon (Library Liaison to Asian Pacific American Cultural Center; Undergraduate Engagement Librarian, University of Iowa Libraries); and Anuradha Vedantham (Member-at-Large, APALA; Assistant University Librarian for Research Services, Princeton University Library)

Moderator: Bonnie L. Fong, Vice-Chair, Science and Technology Section (STS) of Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL); Physical Sciences Librarian, Rutgers University Libraries 

Sponsors: the Science and Technology (STS) section of the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), and the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA). 


Equity Starts Before Hire: A Look at Equitable Approaches to Hiring & Retention

February 3, 2021, 2:00pm-3:00pm ET

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Description: This interactive webinar will cover the importance of equitable hiring practices, and how embedding inclusive approaches such as these at the recruitment stage can be crucial in laying the foundation for the retention of library workers in academic libraries. The speakers will discuss and invite conversation on various strategies and approaches for both the equitable hiring, as well as the core elements of retention of underrepresented library workers. In doing so, they will also take into consideration how social, political, economic, and environmental factors affect the recruitment and hiring processes, and foster a welcoming and inclusive workplace culture. This could include taking risks, experimentation, assessment, and evaluation, an ongoing critical examination of policies and procedures, addressing deauthentication, vocational awe, systematic racism, and more.

Presenters: Twanna Hodge (Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Librarian at the University of Florida) and Tarida Anantachai (Interim Head of the Department of Learning and Academic Engagement at Syracuse University Libraries)

Sponsors: ACRL STS Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force Implementation Team and ACRL EDI Committee, with support from Elsevier


About STS: An Introduction to ACRL's Science & Technology Section

January 21, 2021, 2:00pm-3:00pm (ET)

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Description: Join us to learn more about the ACRL Science & Technology Section (STS) – what the organization does, how it’s structured, who is on the Executive Committee, and how members can become leaders (and just what those responsibilities entail).

Sponsors: ACRL STS Membership & Recruitment Committee and ACRL STS Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Task Force Implementation Team

2020 Annual presentation - Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Science and Technology Section: Task Force Report and implementation

Monday, July 13, 2020, 12-1 p.m. Eastern

Presentation slides and materials available at